The clock is ticking, Senators. Stop the #SchumerShutdown!

We’re less than four hours away from the government running out of funding, and where are Senate Democrats?

This looming #SchumerShutdown deadline means there are only a few hours until millions of children from low- and middle-income families lose funding for their health care, troops start having to work without pay, and scientists won’t be able to do their research. More on that at

How comforting for them to know that their elected officials in the Senate are stripped of their livelihood and health care because they’re feeling, you know, a little ‘undecided’ about how they feel about all of this this. Time is of the essence, ladies and gentlemen!

House Republicans did their job yesterday and passed health care funding for at-risk children and the military. We voted to keep the government open and call on Senate Democrats to stop playing games:

Louisiana Lawmakers Urge Senate to Fund America’s Priorities, Avoid Government Shutdown

Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to continue funding the federal government, maintain critical military operations and provide a long-term reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that covers nearly 9 million children across the country and over 161,000 in Louisiana.

Reps. Ralph Abraham, M.D. (La.-05), Garret Graves (La.-06), Clay Higgins (La.-03), Mike Johnson (La.-04) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.-01) released the following statement after voting in support of this legislation:

“The House did its job yesterday and voted to fund our government, providing critical funding for our military and ensuring the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has long-term funding so our most vulnerable children can continue to receive the health care they need. Now, the only thing standing in the way of funding for our troops and our children are Senate Democrats playing dangerous political games. The time has come for Senate Democrats to decide if they are going to put shutting down the government to force immediate amnesty for illegal immigrants over providing health care for nearly 9 million American children, including over 161,000 kids in Louisiana. Our families and troops deserve to be put first, and Senate Democrats must stop their hostage tactics and do the right thing by voting to keep our government open.”

Illinois House Members Urge Senators Durbin and Duckworth to Fund the Government

Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation today released a statement urging Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth to end their filibuster threat and allow a vote on the funding bill passed by the House last night.

The following statement was made by U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis (IL-13), John Shimkus (IL-12), Peter Roskam (IL-06), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), Mike Bost (IL-12) and Darin LaHood (IL-18):

“Yesterday, we voted for a bill to fund and keep open the government, fund our military, and fully fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years. Now, Senators Durbin and Duckworth must do their job. Conversations are ongoing to find a solution for DACA before the March deadline, but government funding and CHIP deadlines are now. Delaying the continuing resolution only delays negotiations on a DACA fix. Our Senators should end their filibuster threat and instead, allow a vote to ensure our troops are paid and certainty is given to the 325,990 children who rely on CHIP in Illinois.”